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UPDATE: House fire victim near Hammond positively identified

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A medical examiner has positively identified the body found in a burned home near Hammond Monday morning as Jean Marie Schwirtz.  The 59-year-old woman lived in the home on the 58-thousand block of County Road 68, and family members said Monday that they were certain she was the person who had been killed in the fire.

But authorities wanted to be certain, and Wednesday, Wabasha County Chief Deputy Jim Warren announced that the autopsy at Mayo Clinic had been completed.

Warren said no foul play was suspected.  He said the cause of the fire is yet to be determined, and an investigation by the State Fire Marshal is underway.


The Wabasha County Sheriff's Office said one person is dead after a house fire near Hammond Monday morning.

Deputies said they found a body while responding to a fire at a home in the 58-thousand block of County Road 68 around 6 a.m. Monday.

When first responders arrived, they found the body inside the home. Although investigators are not sure if the resident of the home is the victim of the fire, a family member told KTTC they believe It is their loved one, even though the body was hard to identify.  The family is also asking for privacy so they can grieve.

Mayo Clinic began an autopsy on the body at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning.

Deputies may be able to identify the victim after the autopsy.

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